Trauma Talk is brought to you by Lindsay Bailey and Alex Carrico of the UNC Trauma Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center in Chapel Hill, NC. We provide injury prevention tips to keep you out of the hospital and regional trauma education and updates on our trauma center.
In the third installment of Trauma Survivors Network Series of UNC Trauma Talks we spoke with Tracy Stickland, mother of Amanda Stickland, and both a TSN volunteer and UNC Health employee. Tracy became an employee at UNC Health after Amanda's car accident, which kept her in the hospital for over five weeks. Amanda was "distracted driving', which many may not realize includes eating while driving. Amanda survived after a hard fight in the hospital but suffered facial injuries and a severe brain injury, which has resulted in short-term memory loss and prevents her from living independently. Tracy provides really important tips and resources on distracted driving that she would like others to know, and provided the online resources that are linked below. Finally, Tracy wants to emphasize that families in similar positions should be sure to put a legal plan in place for the caregivers' end of life. Tracy shared that Amanda will long outlive her and her other current caregivers. Making sure that Amanda will be taken care once that occurs has been a priority for her family.
In the second installment of Trauma Survivors Network Podcast Series of UNC Trauma Talks we interview Scotty Linville, a TSN volunteer at Wake Baptist Medical Center. Scotty was in a motorcycle accident, suffering serious injuries and has undergone many surgeries as a result. Scotty share his story while also giving other survivors of trauma insight into the ongoing recovery process mentally and physically. Scotty likens the Trauma Survivors Network as a club that nobody asked to join. Listen to his story for motorcycle safety tips related to wearing proper gear, and also for more understanding of the process of recovery that is physical, mental and emotional for trauma survivors. To find out more about the Trauma Survivors Network visit https://www.traumasurvivorsnetwork.org/pages/home
In this episode, we interview the coordinator of a coalition that helps seniors in Orange County get linked with services that can help make their home safer by installing items such as grab bars, wheelchair ramps, and making minor home repairs. Ryan Lavalley of the Orange County Dept. on Aging discusses the benefits of home safety modification to reduce falls risks and how seniors in Orange County can be linked to services such as Habitat for Humanity who can make repairs at low to no-cost. Not only do they provide injury prevention type modifications, some seniors are even eligible for things like air conditioning repairs that can improve quality of life and reduce risk of heat stroke. Navigating the many agencies in our area can be difficult, and their coalition tries to simplify the process by determining what individuals are eligible for and which agency can best serve them. To get in touch with the coalition for yourself or a loved one you can contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organizations in the coalition include:
This episode serves as a prelude to our new Trauma Survivors Network interview series of UNC Trauma Talks. We are excited to introduce Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) volunteers who have lived through a serious trauma and now volunteer their time to help new survivors cope with the recovery process. In this episode two TSN coordinators, Olivia Smith of Wake Baptist Trauma Center, and Meredith Spell of New Hanover Hospital Trauma Center share their experience working with the TSN volunteers and the positive impacts they've seen the program make on survivors of trauma new and old. To find out more information on TSN you can visit the national website here.
In the first of our Trauma Survivors Network series, our outreach coordinator, Alex Carrico, interviews motor vehicle crash survivor and UNC Health employee Kelly Revels. Kelly talks about her experience coping as a trauma survivor, how the TSN network has helped her and others, and Kelly provides some insight into a less talked about form of distracted driving: driving while fatigued. Kelly recommends survivors of physical trauma look into the Trauma Survivors Network for more information.
This episode includes an interview with NC Wildlife Officer Hannah Shively on safe gun storage practices and how to safely handle a firearm. To access the classes on gun safety that NC Wildlife Association offers please visit their website. We also created a series of PSAs around National Just ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day to remind families to 'Just Ask' about safe gun storage every time your child visits another family home. To watch the PSAs please click here.
Kathy Dowd, the executive director of the The Audiology Project shares her perspective on how hearing loss and other disabilities can lead to neglect and elder abuse that is often unseen even by elderly caretakers. Listeners will learn how elder abuse reaches beyond the physical aspects and how hearing loss and vision loss can make people even more vulnerable to abuse for a variety of reasons. To listen to the first part of this episode click here. Finally, Kathy recommends working with your local ombudsman to navigate reporting elder abuse. You can find your local ombudsman here.
In recognition of National Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020, we've created a two part episode to shed light on not only the physical aspects of elder abuse but also emotional abuse, forms of neglect, and even financial scams. During social distancing reports of elder abuse have gone down, which means that those who would usually be able to intervene due to the challenges Covid-19 has created are unable to. Lara Gurganus, Adult Services Program Coordinator of the NC Department of Health & Human Services, shares her expertise with us on how and why elder abuse may occur and how we can look out for it in our loved ones. To listen to Part 2 of the Elder Abuse Prevention episode and learn more about how hearing loss and other impairments contribute to Elder Abuse click here.
Every summer tens of thousands of people end up in the ED because of injuries related to home firework displays. Nearly half of them are children. With the Covid-19 pandemic causing cancellation of professional firework shows this summer, it is more important than ever to make smart choices when planning your home summer celebrations. The Shannon family, longtime advocates for firework safety regulations nationwide, share their personal story on why home fireworks aren't worth the risk. We discuss the North Carolinians for Firework Safety Coalition's mission to lobby for the continuation of firework safety regulation laws in the state of NC. To learn more about the coalition you can visit or to learn more about firework safety visit http://www.safefireworksnc.com/ , follow @NCFireworkSafety on Facebook, or email email@example.com.
Did you know that North Carolina was the 9th leading states in ATV accident fatalities? ATV safety expert and research, Stephen Oesch, shares some of the most dangerous behaviors he's seen ATV riders try and how to prevent accidents and injuries. In North Carolina the law requires that you MUST wear an ATV helmet, protective eye wear and abide by age restrictions dependent on the ATV's size. Finally, NC is one of the nation's states that requires all ATV operators to complete a certification class that can be easily accessed here. For more safety resources for parents and adults visit our website.
Insight Human Services covers 60 counties in NC, and uses a population health approach to preventing substance abuse in youth by building protective factors such as self-esteem building and teaching teens tactics to overcome peer pressure. In this episode with Insight NC Program Manager Kyle Smith, we talk about how families can work with their teens to reduce chances of substance abuse and build positive family dynamics. Resources Kyle references in the interview are below:
https://teens.drugabuse.gov/-NIDA for Teens
https://www.lockyourmeds.org/nc/- Lock Your Meds
https://www.dea.gov/factsheets- DEA (I did not mention this during the pod cast but this is a great resources for Drug Facts
This episode includes an interview from a long time American Red Cross Disaster Management Volunteer, Michael Brown. As a former psychologist and an experienced disaster relief provider, Michael is able to provide us with tips for coping with the unknown and guiding ourselves and our families through stressful situations.
1. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare Access Line: 800-510-9132. Alliance is the local behavioral health management agency for Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston Counties. Each county in NC is served by a local health management agency and folks outside of these counties can contact their local agency access line.
2. Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 and you will be contacted by a crisis counselor.
3. SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990. SAMHSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For activities for children:
1. NC State 4H Daily Spark for Kids: https://covid19.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/n-c-4-h-daily-spark-for-youth-on-facebook-live/ This is a daily activity on Facebook Live with a variety of topics.
2. 125 Activities for Children During the Corona Virus Stay At Home Period: https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/
3. Kid Friendly Activities: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/children-at-home-share-these-kid-friendly-activities.htmlActivities for children shared by the American Red Cross.
For more information around COVID-19:
1. www.redcross.org/coronavirus. Helpful information from the American Red Cross on a variety of topics such as caregiving, children's activities, and safety during the corona virus pandemic.
2. Local Community Resources and Information: Dial 211, the community resource line.
3. Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Far too often at the UNC Trauma Center we see children injured by a family's beloved pet or a neighborhood dog. In this episode we interview two behavioral veterinarian specialists of NC State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sara Bennett and Dr. Margaret Gruen share their tips on how to prevent dog bites and how to understand the language of dogs so that we can be aware of the signs that they may be about to attack. They recommend Family Paws Parent Education as a resource for parents and caregivers to make sure everyone is safe. Other resources for dog bite prevention can be found here.
Driving safety is important at every age. In this episode we natural changes that occur as we age, and how we can mitigate their effect on our driving. Kristel Robison with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center joins me and shares her expert insight. Kristel asks that for more information people visit http://www.ncseniordriver.org/. Other helpful resources include AAA Senior Driving Safety and AARP Driver Safety. Finally, please visit Car-fit.org to find older driver safety events near you!
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This episode covers child abuse prevention strategies and resources via an interview by Prevent Child Abuse NC's director of development, Claire Veazey. Claire covers the many ways in which their organization works to prevent child abuse and neglect in our state and tells listeners how to access resources and get involved in the cause.
For more information on Prevent Child Abuse NC visit their website
Other resources referenced in the episode:
Covid-19 Child Abuse Response Information
Connections Matter Campaign
Triple P Online Free Course for Parents
In this episode Alex and Lindsay interview Kyle Ronn of Orange County Emergency Services. Kyle shares what trends OCEMS has seen since the beginning of the stay at home order and explains how to work with emergency services if you do have to call 9-1-1. For more info on OCEMs visit their website or their Facebook page. Thanks so much to our EMS partners on the front lines of the pandemic!!
In this episode I interview Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator of Brennar Children's Hospital in Winston Salem NC, Luly Beckles. Luly shares her incredible personal story of how she ended up in her role at the hospital and became passionate about bike safety and distributing helmets and bike education to kids all over NC. For more bike safety tips, proper helmet fitting instructions and bike hand signals click here.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a serious result of many types of accidents including falls, car crashes, and sports injuries. Prevention and early detection and treatment are important to prevent the serious long-term effects that TBIs can cause. In this episode I interview Scott Pokorney, Traumatic Brain Injury Team Lead at the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. We discuss the burden of TBIs and the best way to prevent and respond to this type of injury. Scott recommends visiting the following resources for more information:
NC DHHS COVID-19 Information and Updates
Brain Injury Association of NC
NC DHHS TBI Program Website
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
In this episode, I follow up our open water swimming safety episode with an interview on boating safety with Sherry Spillman of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Sherry wants everyone to know the best way to be safe as a boater is take a class. To find an online class click here. She also gives tips on safe boating in terms of Covid-19.
In part one of Safety on the Water, I interview Natural Resource Specialist, Blake Johnson, of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Blake is sharing his top safety tips for open water swimming, what swimmers should know about safety on the lake with the Covid-19 pandemic, and how to access resources and updates about boat ramp and beach openings this summer season.
You can visit their Facebook page for updates on openings at https://www.facebook.com/JordanLakeNC/
Blake also lets us know that he is available to provide water safety education remotely to groups such as Boy Scout troops or classrooms! You can message Blake for free education presentations by contacting him at (919) 542-4501 ext 2435.
This episode focuses on why suicide and suicidal thoughts are on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic and how we can intervene. Dr. Kurt Michael of Appalachian State University, a licensed psychologist and suicide prevention expert, shares how to detect the signs and symptoms of suicide, how we can intervene and what we can expect long term. For more information on Dr. Michael's work you can also read this article, Youth Mental Health in North Carolina: Creative Innovations in Challenging Times.
Dr. Michael provides several very important numbers that listeners can call if they are having suicidal thoughts:
- The 24/7 Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255
- The Spanish Speaking Suicide Prevention Lifelife number is 1-800-628-9454
- The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chatroom link can be found here
- The Suicide Prevention Life number for deaf and hard of here is 1-800-799-4889
- An alternate option for those who prefer to text message can message the Crises Text Line for free 24/7 by texting the word 'HOME' to 741741
In the episode we discuss the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). The link for more information is here.
Tricia Smar, the injury prevention coordinator the Duke University Hospitals Trauma program, and I discuss National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Tricia shares insight into how we can all be better drivers and avoid distraction. We also offer a few tips on safe driving during the stay at home order from Covid-19.
In the episode I reference the importance of car maintenance to avoid accidents and how to be careful about having car work done during the pandemic. The article I refer can be found here.
Other resources for distracted driving prevention:
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
In this episode I interview Alicia Stemper, the public information officer, of Orange County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina. Alicia shares with us some concerns that their law enforcement office has about domestic violence during the stay at home order, community firearms safety, and how to be a responsible community member (and human!) during this time.
As an Orange County resident, if you are experiencing domestic violence or are scared for your safety you can call Amber Keith 919-245-2950 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
If you are not an Orange County, NC resident you should call the National Domestic Abuse Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or go to https://www.thehotline.org/ and you can chat with someone online without making a sound.
To get a free gun lock you can also visit the OC Sheriff's Office at 106 Margaret Lane Hillsborough, NC.
In this mini episode I interview Emily Powell of the Chapel Hill Fire Department. Emily shares her main concerns for fire safety during social distancing and staying at home, and she provides fire prevention tips for both kids and seniors.
This mini episode addresses driving safety during COVID19, tips for safety with children in and around cars, and how to make a remote car seat safety consultation. To make a car seat safety consultation appointment please call 984-974-2437. Videos for how to do the "pinch" test to make sure your child's harness is snug enough and how to do the "inch test" on your child's car seat may be found in the link below.
Our first episode of UNC Trauma Talk covers regional updates for stakeholders from UNC Trauma Program. These updates and injury prevention tips for the stay-at-home order are of great importance to the general population and HCP alike. For articles and resources referenced in our show please see below:
Trauma Learning Series
Meeting number (access code): 730 149 707
Meeting password: TarHeelTrauma1
Uplifting Stories and Resources
Some Hope, Cindy Lifton, PhD, RN, CPXP
UF Doctor creates more efficient N95 masks out of surgical equipment
COVID-19: Our Response to the N95 Shortage
Doctors Expect Huge Spike in Pediatric Injuries at Home
Resources for Healthy Families Under Stress and Healthy Strategies for Talking with Kids
Important Phone Numbers:
If you or your child accidentally ingests cleaning products or medication not prescribed call National Poison Control Call (800) 222-1222
For a free gun lock or car seat safety consultation please call (984) 974-2437
This mini episode covers three important things to lock up during social distancing to keep your child as safe as possible and out of hazards. We cover how to safely store 1) Household cleaners 2) Medications 3) FIrearms. If your child was to accidentally ingest any household cleaner or medications not prescribed to them call National Poison Control at (800) 222-1222. For more tips on safe gun storage please visit https://besmartforkids.org/ and watch the National Ad Council's PSA on why storing guns safely is so important. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Ip-SrUoIQ
Staying Safe While Social Distancing is a minisode from UNC Trauma Center to encourage safety during the COVID19 crises. In the minsode we refer to a few important resources. To find videos to help seniors stay active at home please visit https://www.silversneakers.com/blog/best-exercise-older-adults/. This is one of many resources you can find online for ideas for physical activity (note UNC Trauma is not endorsing any of these videos). We also mentioned the HOPE Hotline to prevent social isolation during COVID19 social distancing. Seniors can call this toll free number any time 1-866-578-4673 or 1-866-578-HOPE. For more injury prevention tips visit tarheeltrauma.org or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UNCTARHEELTRAUMA/.